December 20 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what he has liked or not liked about the road trip thus far:
I like everything about our trip. Other than four minutes, we’ve played really, really well.

On whether he broke the trip into two legs around yesterday’s off-day:
No, we didn’t, because they set the clock at 20 minutes, and every regulation game is 65 minutes or less now, to make sure everybody’s clear on that, and that’s how you play every game. The trip really has nothing to do with it. We flew to Columbus [Sunday], so it’s a one-game trip. Fly tomorrow to Nashville, go to Dallas, it’s a two-game trip. I know it’s hard on everybody, but I kind of enjoy it.

On the challenges presented by Columbus:
We played ‘em earlier in the year, It was a 3-2 overtime game. I think I said it earlier and it does hold water that they have a lot of offense on their team in terms of not just this year, but if you look at it, in terms of career-wise, they have a lot of offense in their lineup, and it’s spread right through their lineup, and it reflects in their record.

On what he wants to see from Marian Gaborik:
Show some leadership. He’s a veteran player on our team now. It’s not like you have a whole cast of experience in terms of scoring. Gabby is a really caring guy, and he tends to base his game on how much he scores, but as you get older, you have to have a more defined role, then. There’s not too many guys that just get away with that. So it’s easy as a coach to say, ‘you know what? You’ve scored one goal in nine games, that makes you a 10-goal scorer.’ Last year he would score one goals every four and a half games. That makes him a 15-goal scorer. The year before he scored 27. Well, he’s going to be a year older. He’s going to be 34 or 35, so I’m perfectly happy if he’s a 10-to-15 goal scorer, but he sure as hell better do everything else, and he better be a good role model for younger players. We’re not a dynamic, high-end team in any of that stuff, so he has to show good leadership or direction. That’s what his teammates expect, and that’s what coaches expect.

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.